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Luca Pocobelli

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Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions


Luca Pocobelli is a partner in Dentons’ Rome office.

Luca has comprehensive experience in M&A and private equity, general corporate representation and real estate, as well as in advising clients on the participation in competitive bids, spin-offs and de-merger proceedings, drafting and negotiating, on either the seller or buyer side, sale and purchase, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, transfer of going concerns and commercial contracts.

He also has extensive experience advising major Italian and international operators in connection with all aspects of real estate transactions, including the purchase or sale of real estate portfolios, the establishment of real estate funds or joint ventures in connection with real estate deals and the negotiation of real estate commercial contracts.

Furthermore, he has advised several major clients in large deals in the hospitality and leisure sector, and has gained considerable experience in banking group restructuring and debt rescheduling transactions.


Luca Pocobelli joined Dentons in 2016 from Latham & Watkins, where he was a counsel since 2008. Prior to that, he was an associate at Bonelli Erede Pappalardo. In 2006, he was a visiting foreign lawyer at Latham & Watkins’ New York office. Between 2000 and 2002, he acted as external consultant of the Italian Authority for the supervision of public contracts for works, services and supplies. Previously, he was an associate at Negri Clementi Toffoletto Montironi e Associati (NCTM).


- Italian
- English


Admitted to the Bar, Rome, 2000


University of Rome La Sapienza, JD, 1997


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Dentons is regularly involved in cross-border transactions.  Recent strategic deals include the team advising Johnson & Johnson on the Italian aspects of its global sale of business unit Codman Neurosurgery to US company Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation; and advice to KKR-backed Calsonic Kansei on the Italian aspects of the agreement by its holding company, CK Holdings, to acquire Magneti Marelli, the automotive components business of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Recommended are Alessandro Dubini, Luca Pocobelli, Pier Francesco Faggiano, of counsel Aian Abbas and Barbara Urselli, who was promoted to partner in March 2019; the China desk in Italy is co-headed by Junyi Bai, who joined from Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale, and counsel Claudio Giammarino. Carsten Steinhauer was a new arrival in January 2019 from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. Former corporate and M&A and private equity head Stefano Speroni left the firm for an in-house role at ENI in January 2019.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Acting for both funds and sellers, Dentons focuses mainly on the mid-market. Luca Pocobelli assisted the controlling shareholder of Austrian-based PE firm Lifebrain with the sale of all its shares to an Investindustrial-controlled vehicle. Alessandro Dubini and of counsel Aian Abbas are also highly regarded. Former head of the private equity as well as corporate and M&A practices Stefano Speroni left the firm in January 2019 for an in-house role at ENI.

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